Magazine article Artforum International

David Velasco

Magazine article Artforum International

David Velasco

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1 "American Realness" (Abrons Arts Center, New York, January 8-10, 2010) All the legendary children of the New York dance world served up over one crash-course weekend intensive: Miguel Gutierrez, Jack Ferver, Trajal Harrell, and don't forget Ann Liv Young, whose fraught "Sherry" performances were utterly nonpareil.

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2 Alexei Ratmansky, Namouna, a Grand Divertissement (David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, April 29, 2010) I'm not sure who Namouna is, but this chimerical work, performed by the New York City Ballet, hallucinates someone sultry and witty who hasn't given up on cigarettes. Doesn't much like sex, because it musses her makeup. Is content with the trivial. And I don't care what Alastair Macaulay says, Ratmansky should keep those silly hats.

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3 Trisha Brown at forty For her company's ruby anniversary, Brown gave New York audiences the best gift possible: a slew of piquant performances and reenactments at Dia: Beacon, the Baryshnikov Arts Center, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Shouldn't we have gotten her something?

4 Mike Kelley, Day Is Done Judson Church Dance (Performa 09, Judson Memorial Church, New York, November 17-19, 2009) This piece only confirmed for me that Kelley was sent hereto save us all from our own miserable banalities.

5 Tere O'Connor, Wrought Iron Fog (Dance Theater Workshop, New York, November 10-14,2009) After the terrific whoosh of his last work, Rammed Earth, O'Connor brought it back to the proscenium and went all long division, like pentimento in process.

6 Tacita Dean, Craneway Event (Danspace Project, New York, November 5-7, 2009) and Charles Atlas. "A Video Tribute to Merce Cunningham" (Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York, October 20, 2009) Do you miss Cunningham? Well, now you don't have to: Thanks to Dean's lush, deadpan documentation of rehearsals for his Craneway Event and Atlas's astute, Boswellian record keeping, we can all bed down with the man's perfect legacy. …

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